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6 Stories That Make Us Love Chicago Even More Than We Already Did

By DNAinfo Staff | April 21, 2017 10:09am 

DOWNTOWN — A Humboldt Park woman helped a lost pup reunite with her owner, the Lincoln Park Zoo's polar bears are stumbling through their first date and a salon owner is helping South Side girls get ready for prom for free. 

Yeah, Chicago can be a pretty great city.

Check out these stories to see what's happening around the neighborhoods:


Lost Dog Who Inspired Twitter Love Fest Reunited With Owner

WEST HUMBOLDT PARK — Eve Ewing made good on her promise to reunite the lost dog she found on the West Side with its rightful owner.

The owner's friend reached out to Ewing after reading Wednesday's DNAinfo article about Ewing's quest to reunite the lost pup with its owner — and the Twitter love fest that ensued.

"So happy that she got back home and deeply moved by all the people that were rooting for her and shared their own stories," Ewing said. "I'm gonna miss her a lot though."

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In Need Of A Place To Play, Coach Carves Baseball Field Out Of Vacant Lot

NEAR WEST SIDE — Phoenix Military Academy's baseball team is now 1-0 all-time — and probably for all time — at "Half-Mowed Field."

The Near West Side school, in desperate need of a baseball diamond after its usual field got booked by another school, came up with a novel idea — mow a large, overgrown vacant lot nearby and carve a field out of the high grass, much of which hadn't been cut in two years.

Coach Craig Griffin spent eight hours over two days — using just a small lawnmower — to make the field.

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[Lincoln Park Zoo]

Lincoln Park Zoo's Polar Bears Go On Blind Date (With Species On The Line)

LINCOLN PARK — Lincoln Park Zoo says its breeding polar bears, Kobe and Siku, have been introduced and are "beginning to spend some time together."

Zoo spokeswoman Jillian Braun said Thursday the bears were introduced Wednesday with some "free-range time" in the new 11,000-square-foot Arctic Tundra exhibit.

"They're beginning to spend some time together," she added.

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100 Girls Going To Prom Can Get Free Hair Styling At Auburn Gresham Salon

AUBURN GRESHAM — This prom and graduation season 100 girls will receive free hair styling at The Total Look hair salon in Auburn Gresham.

Owner Brigette Maxwell is a native of the community and has been in business for 15 years. In honor of her shop's 15th anniversary, she is providing the services free this spring and holding a celebration on May 6.

“Over the course of 15 years, I think I’ve practically seen, heard or read about it all — the good, bad and ugly in the community,” Maxwell said. “But I stand strong in my belief that the good always outweighs the bad. There is beauty here and in other urban neighborhoods across Chicago. I’m just happy that my mission to make ladies pretty reflects the love and beauty of the community I call home.”

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[DNAinfo/Sam Cholke]

Cherry Trees Are Blooming In Jackson Park — But Not For Long

HYDE PARK — It’s not too late to see the spring flush of pink and white flowers on Jackson Park’s cherry trees.

The park doesn’t attract the throngs of Japan’s many festivals or the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., but it would be a shame to miss the substantial and simultaneous flowering in Jackson Park.

More than 100 cherry trees are scattered around the park’s lagoons, with the largest group shedding white petals into the Columbia Basin immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry.

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[DNAinfo/David Matthews]

A Brighter Crown Fountain Returns To Millennium Park This Weekend

DOWNTOWN — Chicago's about to get hit with another sign of spring: the return of Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. 

The 50-foot-high video screens known for their spitting images of Chicagoans will be turned back on Saturday, city officials said. And they're going to be good as new. 

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